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Kana Samurai Foundation

The way of Ayni or sacred reciprocity

Frisco, TX   |  Www.kanasamurai.org

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Kana Samurai Foundation

EIN: 61-1776127


Mission

Our mission is to honor, preserve and protect the Amazon rainforest and indigenous cultures by providing goods, educational tools, and direct services to frontline communities in a spirit of compassion, reciprocity and gratitude. This work also provides a crucial bridge between the modern and ancient world, bringing the tribes’ traditional wisdom and solutions to heal our world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Story: We came into contact with Noke Koi 15 years ago. It instantly became clear that they were in dire need of support. The situation was very difficult and only worsening for the 163 families divided into 16 villages that comprise the Noke Koi Nation. Action needed to be taken immediately. At first, earning their trust and communication were top priorities. They had already been lied to by outsiders many times over, and politicians had made their way to the villages with empty promises as well. We began forging relationships and bringing basic support. Our family and friends helped us to provide them with food, clothes, and even cash. But the tribe’s reality was so desperate, we saw the clear need for more powerful and meaningful support. Kana Samurai Foundation was established in 2015 for this purpose. Since then, the foundation has built three community centers and shelter for dozens of women and children. We have provided access to fresh, clean, running water to everybody

Ruling year info

2017

President/ Founder

Sebastian Mejias

Main address

7410 Preston Rd

Frisco, TX 75034 USA

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EIN

61-1776127

Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Indigenous peoples

Homeless people

Extremely poor people

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Project Zuri - Food Sustainability Support


Project Zuri – Supporting Sustainable Indigenous Fisheries

Our core endeavor this season is Project Zuri – stocking 11 ponds (or “zuris”) with multiple species of fish who form a symbiotic relationship that produces a sustainable system to feed the Noke Koi people, whose natural food systems have been devastated by globalization, as highways built through their ancestral homeland have scared away the animals they have relied on hunting for millennia.

We have already done one pilot project stocking a pond in the Samauma village, which was both successful and educational. Under the leadership of the tribal Chief and local elders, we are now ready to scale this project up, stocking ponds throughout the Noke Koi homeland and educating our local brothers and sisters on how to maintain and steward these regenerative food systems.

Funds raised for Project Zuri will not only provide sustainable food systems for hundreds of people; it will support our ongoing work to build and strengthen s

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Kana Samurai Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Kana Samurai Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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President/ Founder

Sebastian Mejias

Jaime Sebastian Mejias Professor Jaime Sebastian Mejias (or “Mito” as his friends and family call him), is the original founder of the Kana Samurai Foundation. Mito is a Martial Arts professional holding a 5th Degree in Taekwondo, a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Black Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu. He owns Samurai Inti Martial Arts in Frisco, Texas, where he has been an instructor for over 20 years. Mito teaches and leads hundreds of students through his teaching of “The Way of the Heart” at his academy, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come to learn about self defense and betterment through the practice of Martial Arts. He is a TedX speaker and sought-after mentor. His passion for the Kana Samurai Foundation was born when he realized the purpose of being strong and courageous was to help people in need, which develops compassion, the highest attribute of the heart. Ever since then, he has been on the front line of serving the families of the Nokekoi people.

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Kana Samurai Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2023
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Board chair

Professor Sebastian Mejias

Samurai inti Martial arts

Carla P Henriquez

Vice President

Eric Gordon

MD

Nafysa Parpia

ND

Federico Gallera

Secretary

Nils Palsson

Treasurer

Alfonso Silva

Powa Katukina

Project Manager

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2023

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Leadership

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Male
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2023

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.